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monty
Mar-16-2007 @ 3:47 PM                           Permalink
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hi can anyone out there help me ?
i m looking at a boat for sale at the moment that i would like to buty to moor on the broads
it has a stated air draft of 8 foot
can you tell me if this willl restrict my movments at all or make any part of the broads system unavailable
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Hi Mate.
welcome
Hold on going to move you to new members thread.

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8' is quite high for the broads, it will limit your passage to some extent.

Potter Heigham Bridge will certainly be out, as will Wroxham, both arched bridges which exclude anything over 7'

Wayford Bridge is also likely to be impassable, I don't think headroom gets much above 7'6 at low tide there.

There are a great many boats on the broads which are higher - it's up to you if you accept the restrictions as a trade off against getting the style of boat you like.

edit - should have said welcome!

Roya - new members? It's a question about bridges!

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Yes it will take a look at www.thegreenbook.org.uk site and you will find a list of bridge heights.

Bill...

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Paul my old mate,
is he or is he not a new member,
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thanks guys much appreciated

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Hi, monty...welcome to the forum  Cheers

With an airdraft of 8' you still have quite a good distance of rivers to explore. You should also be able to get up the river Ant under Ludham bridge for most of the year but be aware that there are times when clearance here drops below the 8 foot mark.

As has been already posted, Wroxham, Potter Heigham and Wayford bridges are off limits as is Beccles Old Road bridge. However, if you've chosen a style of boat which suits you, it may be a case of living with the restrictions rather than compromise your chosen style. True, some of the nicest stretches of river on the system are above the bridges mentioned but there are loads of other beautiful places to see and enjoy.
We have a boat which has an airdraft of around 8'8" with full tanks and she will JUST pass under Ludham at very low tides but we love the design and have grown accustomed to 'losing' some of the Broads system. Our loss has been tempered somewhat by the fact that some very good friends of ours take us cruising up the river Ant on their boat though  Smile

Even if we could get through Potter we wouldn't as the water up around Hickling is so crystal clear, the last thing it needs is twin props stirring up sediment and mud! If we want to see Hickling, it's day boat time...

Once again, welcome...  

John

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